Lok Janshakti Party's Pashupati Kumar Paras being garlanded after being elected as national president of the party in Patna on Thursday at party office.
PATNA/NEW DELHI: The split in Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) was wide open on Thursday with one faction led by Pashupati Kumar Paras formally electing him as the national president of the party at its national executive committee meeting in Patna. The faction led by Chirag Paswan termed the election “unconstitutional”.
A letter issued by Chirag said a physical meeting of its national executive would be held in Delhi on Sunday to discuss all issues. He has expelled the five rebel MPs led by Paras from LJP. Paras, the younger brother of former Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan, was earlier recognised as the parliamentary party leader of LJP in Lok Sabha and Chirag has urged the Speaker to review the decision.
Former LJP MP Surajbhan Singh said Paras was elected national chief unopposed as no other nomination was filed against him. “Altogether, 71 members extended their support to Paras at the meeting,” he added. However, only four of the five rebel MPs were present at the meeting held at Surajbhan Singh’s residence in Patna. Samastipur MP and Chirag’s cousin Prince Raj was conspicuous by his absence. Chirag said the meeting lacked even minimum attendance of its national executive members.